LANDOVER, Md., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Epilepsy Foundation and Savers, Inc., a leading privately held thrift store chain with more than 320 locations, are working together to advance access to care and raise much needed funds for the more than two million Americans living with epilepsy. Contributions of gently used items are part of the simple, convenient, yet impactful way for people to support the Epilepsy Foundation. The partnership means Savers pays the Epilepsy Foundation for every donation of clothing, housewares, furniture and much more.
"We are thrilled to announce the national expansion of our partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation because with it comes the ability to make a bigger difference in communities across the country," said Tony Shumpert, vice president of recycling and supply chain operations at Savers. "This partnership provides local community members with a simple, yet impactful way to turn their used goods into direct support for the Epilepsy Foundation and its valued mission."
Savers was founded on the core principle of supporting local communities and has embraced that value by partnering with local nonprofit organizations since 1954. Over the past 10 years alone, Savers has paid its collective nonprofit partners more than $1.5 billion to help support vital programs and services.
Savers has partnered with individual Epilepsy Foundation affiliates in Chicago, Colorado, Minnesota, New England and New York. In the coming months, the partnership between Savers and the Epilepsy Foundation will expand to include Arizona, California, Kansas, and Missouri. More Savers locations will be rolling out partnerships with regional affiliates of the Epilepsy Foundation throughout 2013-14. To learn more about the Savers partnership, visit http://www.epilepsy.com/fundraising/savers.
"We are so grateful that Savers is giving us an opportunity to improve the lives of people affected by epilepsy," said Philip M. Gattone, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. "This partnership allows people to recycle otherwise unused goods and turn them into sustainable revenue that enhances seizure therapies, increases epilepsy awareness among the general public, and funds programs that help people living with epilepsy. With valuable partners and friends like Savers, the Foundation will be able to help people with epilepsy throughout the country and also advance new therapies and treatments."
Epilepsy—a medical condition characterized by recurring seizures—can affect anyone, of any age, at any time. While it is estimated that one in 26 Americans will develop the seizure condition in their lifetime, current treatments for epilepsy do not work for more than three out of 10 children and adults diagnosed—leaving many Americans with no or inadequate control over their daily seizures and with the risk of further injury or fatality.
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The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation's goals are to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research, so not another moment is lost to seizures. For additional information, please visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org.
Savers, Inc. is a privately held for-profit global thrift retailer offering clothing and accessories for men, women and children and household goods under the Savers, Value Village, Village des Valeurs, Unique Thrift Store and Value Thrift Store brands. Through its unique business model of purchasing, reselling and recycling secondhand merchandise, the Savers family of thrift stores benefits more than 150 nonprofit organizations, gives local consumers a smart way to shop, and saves more than 600 million pounds of quality used goods from landfills each year. Savers, Inc. has paid more than $1.5 billion to its nonprofit partners over the last 10 years, turning otherwise unused items into sustainable funding that supports vital community programs and services. Savers, Inc. operates more than 320 locations and has nearly 19,000 employees in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, please visit savers.com.
SOURCE Epilepsy Foundation